The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.
Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.
After years of looking for Mr. Right, Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini finally finds the man of her dreams, Kevin Fields, only to discover that his mother, Viola, is the woman of her nightmares. A recently fired news anchor who is afraid she will lose her son the way she has just lost her career, Viola determines to scare off her son's new fiancé by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law. While Viola's long-time assistant Ruby does her best to help Viola execute her crazy schemes, Charlie decides to fight back and the gloves come off as the two women battle it out to see just who is the alpha-female. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The mansion where Charlie picks up the dogs she walks was used as the exterior of the Governor's mansion in the sitcom Benson (1979). See more »
When Charlie picks up the dogs she walks, the open front door behind her shows a short front lawn and a busy street; the exterior shot of her running down the front lawn as the dog owner waves goodbye from the door shows a much larger front lawn. See more »
[Charlie sitting at her desk at home. Phone rings. Charlie lets the answering machine pick up and listens to the recording]
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini:
[Answering machine message]
Hi, it's Charlie. Leave a message.
[Answering machine beeps to signal beginning of message]
Carol, from LA Temp Agency:
[Leaving message on answering machine]
Hi Charlie, it's Carol from the L.A. Temp Agency. Listen, Dr. Patel's office needs you for tomorrow. Is that ok? Let me know. Bye.
[Answering machine beeps signaling end of message]
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String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575, 'Prussian No. 1', Allegretto
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Eder Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
Appearance by the Rick Rossi String/Flute Trio See more »
The title of this film is the best thing in this movie. I would actually say that such a title deserved a better movie.
'Monster in Law' is a combination between 'Maid in Manhattan' and 'Meet the Parents'. Jennifer Lopez is practically re-doing her role in 'Maid ..' and this is probably what she knows to play best, or the only thing she knows to play, I do not know. The problem is that this movie is made three years later, and the character is supposed to be ten years younger than in the New York located film. I also suspect that she cannot count on her looks for long, and even here a couple of jokes about her waist had to be inserted. What will she do with her career in the next years? Well, we'll see.
Robert Luketic directed the original 'Legally Blonde' and had much better material to work from there. The main problem of this film is that the script is so predictable, the jokes so thin, and we must have seen the end in zillions of other movies. We do have Jane Fonda back on screen, but sincerely, I would expect her to do something else after 15 years of creativity break, and not this routine feel good comedy.
I am afraid that this film - after making its in-flight entertainment career - will rest soon on the shelves of the studios full of not-so-funny comedies, and a well deserved amount of dust will cover it. Twenty years from now somebody will maybe take the idea and the title and make a better film of it.
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